10 Surprising Facts about Breastfeeding
I’ve learned so much about breastfeeding in the last 7 years and wanted to share some of the amazing facts about breastfeeding and breastmilk.
- Pregnant moms start making milk at week 14 of pregnancy.
- Given the time necessary, a newborn baby laid down on mom’s chest will find the breast and breastfeed with little to no help from mom.
- On the first day of life, babies drink only about a teaspoon of milk per feeding.
- Babies do not know hunger until day 3 of life. They are born with a high suck need.
- Colostrum is yellow because it contains the powerful anti-oxidant beta carotene.
- The size of a woman’s breast has no effect on her milk supply.
- Whatever environment mom breastfeeds in, her body will create antibodies for her breastmilk against the germs that her body detects in that environment.
- Babies do not use their teeth to breastfeed.
- A breastfed baby that is offered a bottle quickly, will act hungry after finishing, because she did not get her suck need fulfilled.
- The average weaning age globally is 7 years old.